Montenegro

Tired of visiting the same old places and want to try something new? Look no further than Montenegro. Regarding as one the best hidden gems of Europe, Montenegro has been quietly but surely developing as one of the best destinations since its independence in 2006. 

The country has one of the best examples of inland beauty, with its stone villages surrounded by pine-dotted mountains, and seemingly never-ending prairies. These are ideal for those looking for biking and hiking, or simply exploring new natural features. There are 5 national parks – these include the famous Durmitor National Park – with its large population of lynx and wolves, the Biogradska Gora National Park – also known as Europe’s last remaining virgin forest.

Contrastingly, Montenegro also has a splendid coastline – worth of 293 km long that looks into the calm and crystalline Adriatic Sea. The beaches are long and sandy and have their own contrasts in the shape of coves and pebble bays. As a developing nation, there are many hotels and luxury resorts in these areas, which offer good quality at a lesser price. This is making them increasingly popular among budget tourists and even some backpackers who wish to have a taste of local luxury.

Urban destinations here are fewer, but pack in enough cultural heritage to make up for the lack of number. Popular towns include Budva and Kotor, both Venetian-era port towns. These are known for their family-run eateries, medieval stone buildings, and developing hotel industry. Those looking for a more local perspective can head to other seaside towns like Bar, Ulcinj, Petrovac and Herceg Novi.

Some facts about Montenegro:

  • Famous Hollywood actor Brad Pitt shot his first movie in the town of Kotor.
  • one of the most-visited Christian shrines – The Strog monastery, is in Montenegro. Founded by Saint Basil in the 17th century, it is located above the Bjelopavlic valley.
  • Unknown to most, Montenegro is actually the first country in the world to have its own national printing house.